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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cottage Flora Thursday and FF

Linking up with http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com/ for Cottage Flora and http://tootsietime.blogspot.com/ for FF tomorrow.

Dahlias and Silver Sage

Cleome with pink Fountain Grass


A few of the many containers that dot my gardens.

Ornamental Potato Vines, Crown of Thorns, Nicoitiana, Scented Geranium

Black and Blue Salvia, May Night Salvia, Dahlberg Daisy, Bacopa, a pink Zinnia and returning Potato Vine from last year around the bottom.

Japanese Yew, Dusty Miller-that has been cut back, and burgandy spikey plant's name escapes me this morning...


String of Bananas

Creeping Jenny, (thug), Impatiens and that tall thingy that returns every year and has purple blooms...Spider Plant to the right.


Today I am Thankful for so, so many things!


FlowerLady said...

Darla ~ I always enjoy seeing what is blooming in your gardens. You have such wonderful combinations.

Have a great day ~ FlowerLady

Kimberly said...

Darla, I love your containers! I've not seen the little wagon used before...so cute! Have a great weekend!

cherry said...

Love it all! I will be happy to send you some seeds in the fall for the hardy hibiscus but you might have to remind me. I'm menopausal brain dead most day's anymore ..lol
Happy Thursday friend and hugs from Savannah, Cherry

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

You have great plant combinations. "String of bananas" is a funny name but fitting.

Twisted Fencepost said...

That 'string of bananas" is cute. I love out of the ordinary plants like that.
I also have a kids wagon that's not in use anymore. Think I'll use it like you did. LOL
Thanks for the idea!

Dorothy said...

Beautiful flowers! Your yard is amazing! Always something pretty blooming!

HolleyGarden said...

Great container plantings! I love how the pink fountain grass compliments the cleome. Very nice.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Lovin' the combinations of your plants in the containers! Especially love the wagon ♥
Your Agapanthus is looking great, mine doesn't seem to want to bloom this year...maybe it will just be late due to all the crazy weather

Lona said...

Darla I love your Agapanthus. I wonder if they would do all right over wintering in my basement? Strings of Bananas. LOL! What a fun plant and it so looks like its name. It is a new one to me. Your planting combinations are always so pretty. I always love seeing that Silver Sage. I love its leaves. Have a great week.

Larry said...

Great combos! L

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Hi Darla, what is the plant in the first pic?

Love your colors, everything always looks great in your garden.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Grace said...

I love the little Tyco ? planter with impatiens and that thug, LOL. And the green and white caladiums are to die for. Everything is looking so good in your garden, despite the heat--a testament to the unwavering skills of the gardener!!

Becca's Dirt said...

Darla I love that last photo. You can put a flower in any kind of container. Did you steal the kids toys? Just kidding...

The dusty miller looks nice in a container. Love the Silver Sage with the red and two yellows. Great contrast.

NanaK said...

Great combining of plants both in and out of the containers. I really must get more creative with this aspect of gardening. You provide great material for copycatting:)

Bumble Lush (A Garden Blog) said...

You do have nice floral combinations. Very pretty garden!

Anonymous said...

I love the flowers in what looks like a plastic toy??? I think it is awesome that we can take flowers and other things and turn ordinary into beautiful!!!! :) I have some little flowers out front in in a coffee can, and I love it. :) I just found a blog looking for Gardening stuff on the net--Meems??--and then I found yours....So happy to find these blogs. A good change from some other blogs I have been reading.....Thanks and God Bless. :) Robyn, Huntsville, AL

Zoey said...

Hi Darla,
I enjoyed your creative containers--containers are my favorite way to garden.

Black and Blue Salvia - I grew that one year and I just loved it! It is not perennial in Michigan and I have never found it again.

Patsy said...

You make me wish I had a bigger yard again.
Great flowers!

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

It is so funny, I was reading thru all the plant names thinking, how does she remember all the names? and then we got to "that tall thingy"
Garden is looking great.

Blessings Kelsie

imac said...

I love all the items you use to plant your flowers in.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Red spiky thing IS the botanical name, see, you knew it. Cordyline.
LOVE the last photo with the toy as the container--just great!

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

I love the cleome and pink fountain grass. Great planting combinations. Thanks for the ideas.

sherryocala said...

Darla, your containers are so inventive and pretty, too. My dwarf agapanthas finally has a flower stalk. Yay!!

Julie said...

Love that little blue wheeled container that you have up against the tree all planted out. Adorable!

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Stopping by via Jean's BT. Just love all that you've shared. Gorgeous plant combinations. Especially loving your sweet potatoe vine - one of my favorites.

Thanks for sharing!

Marie said...

Hi Darla - All your plants are soooo happy! You sure have a green thumb...WOW!

Diane said...

You have a lovely blog. Happy Gardening!

Carla said...

Wonderful! Love ya Darla:)

Lola said...

Darla, what combos. Love them. I garden a LOT in containers. For some reason I can't get Creeping Jenny to survive here. I lost most of my grasses this past winter. They were doing so good last Fall. Agapanthas {2 colors} hasn't bloomed in a couple yrs. I have them in pots {what else}. It's hard to find the light sweet potato vine.
Will have to check out the red spiky thing. Never heard of it.

Val said...

As always I LOVE all of your flowers. Is that a wagon in the last picture? I have an old wagon that I could use too! Great idea.
It is 11:30 and I am just now posting my pics for FF!!! Hopefully get them done before midnight!

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Jenni@ RainyDayGardener said...

Darla, you have such lovely garden beds with beautiful combinations! I love the bright chartreuse hue of sweet potato vine and am jealous of how profusely it grows for you!

NellJean said...

Are you getting any rain? Or do you have to water? We see clouds on the horizon and they part before they get to us.

I see your agapanthus. Mine are just sitting there waiting for a hurricane I guess.

Ginger said...

Creeping Jenny (thug)??? ha ha ha

Everything looks so lush as always!

Fishtail Cottage said...

love love love your agapanthus! Tried that here, but didn't have luck! (sad face) so i enjoyed seeing yours! thanks for sharing over at Cottage Flora Thursday's garden party! xoox, tracie

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Darla girl .. I am so "tardy" in visiting your blog, I apologize especially since you have been so nice to visit mine so often ;-)
I love the old fashioned plants too and use them here and there .. the caladium,Dusty Miller, Sweet P vines ... they are all so pretty and wonderful fillers eh ? .. I think I have to add a few more (and I said I wasn't going overboard this year? EEKK!)
Joy : )
PS .. Colin lives from his fall(he looks totally gruesome with face bruising), Genevieve(sick&twisted) is violently kissing him in the hospital bed when Jill walks in)all sorts of goodies you will laugh at for your next episode ! hehehe

Icy BC said...

You have such a beautiful garden, with many flowers to enjoy!

SiestaSister said...

You make me want to get out there and completely re-do a couple of my small beds. As soon as I'm done weeding (LOL) I'll do that.

tina said...

Your sweet potato vines are so pretty!

Amy said...

It all looks wonderful! I have been looking at the crown of thorns at the nursery...might have to pick one up.
Pretty combinations in your containers, too.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Hi Darla! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment this morning...it was nice to 'meet' you. What a beautiful garden you have and such a variety of plants! I'm still building ours here on the farm..we're starting from scratch so we're taking it slow. We have a mailbox that is similar to yours...I love it. I see you follow someone from Armstrong British Columbia...my daughter is only a few miles from there and I lived about an hour from there for over 30 years. It's a small world. Have a wonderful day!
Maura :)

Donna said...

I love the photo with the mailbox in the background. What a beautiful garden!


Tootsie said...

okay!!! I finally have something to inspire me about that ugly stupid plastic wagon!!! yay!!! I LOVE YOU DARLA!!! My kids have a double wagon the same color as yours...and I hate it! It lays around the yard...doesn't roll worth a crap anymore...and now.....I think I NEED to plant it!
I love this post girl...your gardens are lovely as usual...
hows the greenhouse????
Miss you sister...so glad I popped by tonight...you inspired me AGAIN!
thanks for linking in!

Dar said...

You sure have a flair with container gardening. Great stuff.

free doctors excuse said...

Beautiful flowers-love that Jacobin.Mine has not bloomed yet,plant looks good though.

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Amanda said...

Darla, you have such lovely garden beds with beautiful combinations! I love the bright chartreuse hue of sweet potato vine and am jealous of how profusely it grows for you!

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